The Tale of Genji
One of the world's oldest novels and the greatest single work of Japanese literature, this 11th-century romance centers on the lives and loves of an emperor's son. It offers a vast tapestry of the intrigues and rivalries of court life, as well as an exquisitely detailed portrayal of a decaying... show more
One of the world's oldest novels and the greatest single work of Japanese literature, this 11th-century romance centers on the lives and loves of an emperor's son. It offers a vast tapestry of the intrigues and rivalries of court life, as well as an exquisitely detailed portrayal of a decaying aristocracy.
Publish date: August 24th 2000
Publisher: Dover Publications
Pages no: 190
Edition language: English
, Asian Literature
, Japanese Literature
66. THE TALE OF GENJI, BY MURASAKI SHIKIBURecommended to me by Michele Ruedin, on Goodreads, although she did tell me she hadn’t read it herself.This is supposed to be the first “true” or “modern” novel in existence. I’m not sure what “true” or “modern” are supposed to mean in this context, but I ga...
This is a work I've often seen named as the first novel, as well as a work that the introduction claims greatly influenced and embodies the Japanese culture--and this by a women writer. Not many undeniably great classics, especially this old, can claim female authorship, and this one was written aro...
I think at some point in time I do want to read all of The Tale of Genji. But for now: life is too short. I recognise the historical significance of the work. However, the translation and style make for a tedious read (and I simply don't have the willpower to keep going for another 1000+ pages).And ...
Some people here are commenting that the book is extremely misogynist. The book is misogynist but the book was written in early eleventh century Japan, so of course it is misogynist. I don't really know what people were expecting. Books tend to reflect most to all of the values of the culture of ...
Such a difficult rating to give... The translation was amazing paired with very informative footnotes, I love everything by 'Dover Thrift Editions'! Great quality for an insanely low price! Yet, I wasn't very comfortable with 'The Tale of Genji'. I can see its grandeur when referring to its historic...